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November 10, 2009

STEELE SCARES WHITE REPUBLICANS.... It's been a couple of weeks since the RNC's Michael Steele said something foolish and had to walk it back, so I suppose we were due for another gem.

Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Michael Steele, who is known for making controversial statements, on Sunday said that white Republicans are afraid of him. [...]

The Republican chairman appeared on NewsOne's "Washington Watch" this weekend, a new Sunday political talk show aimed at a black audience. The host, Roland Martin, asked Steele how Republicans could reach out to black voters.

Roland Martin noted that he's long believed that white Republicans "have been scared of black folks."

Steele replied, "You're absolutely right. I mean I've been in the room and they've been scared of me."

From Steele's perspective, if he walks into a room of his fellow Republicans, and they're afraid of him, shouldn't that tell him a little something about his party's approach to diversity? Steele is the chairman of a major political party, a former Senate candidate, and a former lieutenant governor. Why, exactly, would a room full of Republicans be "scared" of him, unless he thinks his fellow party members are racists?

And from the party's perspective, Steele really isn't helping with that minority outreach effort. It's not exactly a pitch that's likely to resonate with minority communities: "Vote GOP, The Party That Finds Non-Whites Scary."

Steve Benen 9:15 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (26)

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If I walked into a room with Michael Steele, I'd be afraid, too - afraid I wouldn't be able to control my laughter when he's being serious.

Posted by: Danp on November 10, 2009 at 9:13 AM | PERMALINK

I bet if Steele walked into a room full of intelligent people, they're be pretty scared of him, too. Not that he has to worry about that in the meetings he attends.

Posted by: JJC on November 10, 2009 at 9:13 AM | PERMALINK

Did anybody see him get served by Tim Kaine on This Week?

Seriously, why does the GOP put up with this clown? Wouldn't it be nice to have 2 credible political parties, rather than one at a time?

Posted by: JJC on November 10, 2009 at 9:18 AM | PERMALINK

This man has zero control over what comes out of his mouth. It's like Tourette's without the profanity.

Posted by: shortstop on November 10, 2009 at 9:19 AM | PERMALINK

Why can't you leave that poor man alone? Everyone knows he is mentally challenged. You keep picking on him because he has a disability. It's not his fault that he was born with such a low IQ. We should all be impressed by how much he has been able to accomplish -- he went from the short bus to the head of the RNC and you make fun of him for it? Shame on you!

Posted by: skeptic on November 10, 2009 at 9:21 AM | PERMALINK

It's easier to understand Michael Steele when you know who's coaching him:

http://bit.ly/3ppyiu

(satire)

Posted by: bondwooley on November 10, 2009 at 9:21 AM | PERMALINK

if i were michael steele, i'd be afraid of the republican party.

p.s. i still think he looks a lot like the lead singer in the digital underground's "humpty dance" video. maybe he should adopt it as his theme song, so the repubs will like him better.

Posted by: mellowjohn on November 10, 2009 at 9:24 AM | PERMALINK

Much like women, I cannot understand how anyone who is not a white male would willfully be associated with much less a member of the current Republican party. That party is representative of the 'last gasp' of the historically, culturally dominant white class.

All of the noises we have been hearing this past year--and indeed before that--are the results of the realization amongst worldview-less whites that they are not going to be able to maintain their power much longer. The world is becoming borderless (culturally), and the traditional Anglo-Saxon dominance in much of the world will ebb due to sheer numbers of non-whites. They're scared. They probably really do want their own 'country', inclusive of only whites. I say give it to them, if but only to avoid an almost inevitable series of bloody incidents between now and when they realize their folly (assuming that can and will).

Posted by: terraformer on November 10, 2009 at 9:33 AM | PERMALINK

I guess scared is a step up from hatred, loathing and contempt;>

Posted by: martin on November 10, 2009 at 9:40 AM | PERMALINK

if he's supposed to be the head of the GOP, what does the ass look like?

Posted by: slappy magoo on November 10, 2009 at 9:43 AM | PERMALINK

"Much like women, I cannot understand how anyone who is not a white male would willfully be associated with much less a member of the current Republican party."

I may have commented previously on this site about my correspondence with the National Republican Women's organization. After a glass of wine too many, I shot off an email asking what exactly their goals were, since their Web site was pretty vague. Their reply, in its entirety, was that they wanted taxes lowered so that women could stay home with their children. That was it -- nothing about domestic violence, women in poverty, women's health issues; just round 'em up and send 'em home.

Posted by: Mandy Cat on November 10, 2009 at 9:51 AM | PERMALINK

You don't scare me, you still be da man.

Posted by: Michelle Bachmann on November 10, 2009 at 9:53 AM | PERMALINK

The ass is comprised of two cheeks, limbaugh and beck, with the anus being Foxnews.

Posted by: Dave on November 10, 2009 at 9:54 AM | PERMALINK

When he was Bob Ehrlich's Lt. Guv. we didn't hear a word from him for most of the four years.

Now it's some new crazy idea or statement every day.

I wonder how Ehrlich's people did it.

Posted by: howie on November 10, 2009 at 9:56 AM | PERMALINK

"Who's the black RNC Chairman
that's the sex machine to all the Chicks?
Steele!"

Posted by: SaintZak on November 10, 2009 at 10:02 AM | PERMALINK

Steele is the living, breathing essence of the idea that it's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. I think that was Twain

I believe the Repthugs have just decided to let his term run out, then kick him to the curb. They are afraid to remove because, he allows some cover for the more racist attacks on Obama when he mindlessly parrots and defends the likes of Beck and Limbaugh.

Posted by: Winkandanod on November 10, 2009 at 10:06 AM | PERMALINK

Steele actually epitomizes the central problem for the GOP today -- all tactics, no strategy. They're entirely focused on "winning" the news cycle, hitting the right talking points, wrecking this or that legislation, with little regard to the "long game" of building a solid platform around internally-consistent principles. And for them, the game starts fresh all over again tomorrow morning.

Steele is almost a caricature of that larger, more systemic phenomenon. I really do believe he gives no thought to being consistent in what he says, and blurts out whatever pops into his mind at that moment as a way to "win" that particular interview or talking point. It's like he has a political form of Tourette's Syndrome, one without the facial ticks and the swearing.

Posted by: Buns of Steele on November 10, 2009 at 10:22 AM | PERMALINK

Of COURSE they're afraid of him: "every-(WhiteRepublican)-body knows", like the song says, he's got a razor in his shoe. . .

Posted by: DAY on November 10, 2009 at 10:45 AM | PERMALINK

Boo! Baby!

Posted by: Patrick on November 10, 2009 at 10:48 AM | PERMALINK

@winkandanod...
ithink it was lincoln.

Posted by: mellowjohn on November 10, 2009 at 12:30 PM | PERMALINK

You guys are being awfully hard on Michael Steele. I think he nailed it. The GOP is terrified of anybody whose tan didn't come out of a tanning bed or a spray bottle. Now, the wisdom of a person of color speaking that particular truth to his xenophobic cohorts is highly questionable, which may speak to whatever dysfunction has led him to register as a Republican in the first place. But the fact that it's unwise to say it out loud doesn't make it not true.

Posted by: cmac on November 10, 2009 at 1:15 PM | PERMALINK
Steele actually epitomizes the central problem for the GOP today -- all tactics, no strategy. They're entirely focused on "winning" the news cycle, hitting the right talking points, wrecking this or that legislation, with little regard to the "long game" of building a solid platform around internally-consistent principles. And for them, the game starts fresh all over again tomorrow morning.

Steele is almost a caricature of that larger, more systemic phenomenon. I really do believe he gives no thought to being consistent in what he says, and blurts out whatever pops into his mind at that moment as a way to "win" that particular interview or talking point. It's like he has a political form of Tourette's Syndrome, one without the facial ticks and the swearing.


Posted by: Buns of Steele

Anything I added to that would be superfluous. It's perfect.

::standing ovation::

Posted by: Mark D on November 10, 2009 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

Steele seems like the kind of Republican that wears his tin foil hat slightly to the left.

Posted by: John Henry on November 10, 2009 at 1:51 PM | PERMALINK

Will Glen Beck take notice? Will he call Steele a racist with a deep seated hatred of white folks for suggesting they are afraid of him?

Steele mistakes their looks for fear when really they are just condescending looks at how stupid Steele appears to be every time he opens his mouth.

Posted by: bjobotts on November 10, 2009 at 2:06 PM | PERMALINK

Isn't it delicious that the Repblicans have paradoxed themselves into an untenable position. They were so eager to demonstrate "political correctness" in the age of Obama that they chose a buffoon whose political saavy is non-existent and whose verbal capabilities are well - unfortunate at best. But, they're stuck with him now. Republicans can't reconcile firing a Black man as head of the RNC, precisely because his primary qualification was his race. The irony of Republicans being constrained by their own biases is poetic justice.

Posted by: DTR on November 10, 2009 at 2:09 PM | PERMALINK

Face it, the republican party has sank so far into the Rovian gutter that they now represent the sickest, greediest, most selfish among us. They are no longer qualified to be part of our democratic system.

Posted by: bjobotts on November 10, 2009 at 2:13 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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